The introduction of Broadcast Television was a plus.
The introduction of Twitter was a plus.
If twenty years ago somebody said that the you will be able to watch high definition movies streamed from the street cable, through the computer onto a 32 inch television, then you would think that would be a plus.
If that same someone said that you would be able to drive your people carrier, and have a great quality film played from the front, and viewable to both children in the rear seats then you would think that would be a plus.
Here is the DRM nonsense that is 'required' in order for the last two to work.
HDCP, DTCP, MOST
Question: If somebody compromised the encryption on those three standards and published the keys tomorrow would your convenience change?
Certainly your hardware would not stop working.
You might suddenly find that at home that older television, in the other room would now stream okay - no more blank screen and laptop 'not HDCP compliant' error messages.
You could rig an extra lead out the back of the 'in car' blu-ray player, and your partner could enjoy the film in the passenger seat on their Samsung Galaxy Tablet.
Well the big news this week is that somebody just did cross off the first item (HDCP), and Intel have confirmed this.
I am sure there will be a concerted 'Chicken Little' campaign to try to convince you that the loss of HDCP is something to be regretted. Is your life any worse honestly?
Links and Further Reading:
- A guide to DRM free living [ defectivebydesign.org ]
- HDCP compliant - HDCP compliant
- HDCP not compliant - horror stories
- Blu-ray and DRM
- Search Amazon.com Electronics for Samsung Galaxy Tablet
The next convenience - high definition streaming without cables:
Wireless Display (WiDi):
Intel has built in HDCP to control which of your monitors/TVs will be 'allowed' to receive a stream.
HP Wireless TV connect:
As far as I can tell TV connect makes no restriction on which of your monitors/TVs can receive the stream.
How can I have less DRM in my living room?
- Avoid buying Televisions by Sony or Toshiba
- Avoid buying laptops from the same.
- If you want a streaming device, then buy one that is Nvidia Ion or ARM based and skip Atom.
- When you buy a new monitor, ensure it has DVI input and HDMI input so that you have two connection choices.
- Test out your new Television, Monitor, and Laptop and ensure your streaming is unhindered. Immediately return any item which does not 'play nicely' and report it as defective to the shop.
- Research before you dive in to wireless streaming - do you really want a box that restricts which monitor/television you can watch the stream on?
( I have deliberately avoided mentioning fruit names in the above list. Most people who own a pair of iSocks or an iBra already know they are holding hands with DRM, but it seems not to matter to them much, so why bother. )